State Representatives John Frey (R-111) and Michael Ferguson (R-138) have joined the House Republican caucus in calling for a May 5th deadline to complete Connecticut’s two-year state budget in the interest of giving municipalities advanced notice of their anticipated municipal aid. On Wednesday, the State Senate tabled a proposal to ask all 169 cities and towns in Connecticut to delay their local budget deadlines – typically arrived at in April or May — to accommodate uncertainties in the state budget as a result of Governor Malloy’s proposed cuts to municipal aid.
“The ambiguity and lack of transparency that surround Connecticut’s budget process bears a significant degree of responsibility for our state’s failing economy and open hostility to taxpayers and businesses,” said Rep. Frey. “We cannot have a repeat of the past few years where municipalities are blindsided by drastic cuts to their municipal aid in the middle of their budget years. That’s why our caucus will take the next eight weeks to craft an alternative budget and prepare to engage in discussions with the governor and majority party by May 5th so cities and towns know what to expect. If the governor wants to balance the budget on the backs of towns and property taxpayers, he has to at least give them enough time to adjust their local budgets accordingly.”